RIPLEY, Tenn. — An inmate who escaped on a tractor after a corrections employee was killed is considered extremely dangerous, officials say, the Associated Press reports.
Curtis Ray Watson, 44, is a person of interest in the death of correctional administrator Debra Johnson, 64, who was found dead in her on-site residence around 11:30 a.m. Wednesday, authorities say.
Tennessee Bureau of Investigation Director David Rausch said the tractor Watson used was found about a mile from the West Tennessee State Penitentiary
He was serving a sentence of 15 years for an especially aggravated kidnapping conviction.
Watson worked as a farm laborer at the prison.
TBI secured warrants for Watson for the following three charges: first-degree murder, especially aggravated burglary and aggravated sexual battery.
NEW PICTURES: Here are surveillance images from West Tennessee State Penitentiary, captured yesterday, just before Curtis Watson escaped custody.
The third image — not of Watson — represents the type of issued clothing he would have been wearing when he escaped. pic.twitter.com/Tuioxc4BuO
— Tennessee Bureau of Investigation (@TBInvestigation) August 8, 2019